Kekulé's shattered dream: snakes become ladders

Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Regensburg move packets of energy along a molecular ladder made of hundreds of benzene rings. Such polymers can potentially be used to design new displays based on organic light-emitting diodes, or for solar cells. The extraordinary material is now described in the journal Nature Communications.

University of Bonn prominently represented in "Highly Cited Researchers 2021" ranking

With a total of 14 researchers, the University of Bonn is represented this year in the international ranking "Highly Cited Researchers". They are considered to be particularly influential in science.

Africa's "Green Wall" also makes economic sense

Fifteen years ago, the African Union decided on an ambitious program: degraded ecosystems in parts of the Sahel are to be successively restored in order to secure food for the people living there and to protect the soil against further degradation. At the same time, the African Great Green Wall is an important contribution to combating climate change. A study by the University of Bonn and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) now shows that it also makes economic sense - although not everywhere in the Sahel. The analysis also shows how much violent conflicts threaten the success of the program. It has now been published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

1st place for the University of Bonn in the PR-Bild Award competition

For almost two years now, the Corona pandemic has been shaping all aspects of our lives. Universities are no exception. A year ago, the University of Bonn had already addressed the impact of the pandemic on university operations in its magazine "forsch" and visualized it with a series of images. The cover motif, which shows students wearing mouth guards in a "hybrid" lecture, has now won 1st place in the nationwide PR-Bild Award 2021.

New EKD Chairwoman Annette Kurschus receives the Ecumenical Preaching Award

The ecumenical "Sermon Prize", which is based at the Protestant Palace Church of the University of Bonn and has been awarded since 2000, has a special topicality this year: the prize winner Dr. h.c. Annette Kurschus, Praeses of the Protestant Church of Westphalia, has just been elected chairwoman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). This has been brought to attention by the Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter.

How does the brain change through learning?

Neuroscience investigates what happens in the brain during learning processes. But even with simple experiments, mountains of data arise that need a lot of expertise in data management in order to be evaluated and compared using the most modern methods. Research groups of the Collaborative Research Center 1089 “Synaptic Micronetworks in Health and Disease” at the University of Bonn have now entered into a cooperation with DataJoint, a data solutions company in Houston (USA). The researchers expect new insights from the combined expertise of neuroscience and data science.

Over 32,000 More Square Feet for Top-Level Research

The University of Bonn has formally opened its newest research building: the Research and Technology Center for Detector Physics (FTD) on Kreuzbergweg was inaugurated in the presence of Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, the Minister of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Gabriele Willems, CEO of BLB NRW, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch and other honored guests.

Services to Relations Between the Universities of Bonn and Oxford

The Revd. Canon Professor Mark D. Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology at the University of Oxford, has received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his exceptional academic achievements, his commitment to ecumenism and his outstanding services to relations between Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion and the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn. Dean Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter presented the honor last Friday during a ceremony in the University’s main auditorium.

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